Updated: May 12, 2022
April is a month dedicated to several important events, one of those things being our planet.
Two of the "holidays" celebrated are "Lawn & Garden Month," as well as "Volunteer month."
Now, how do pallets relate to these holidays, let alone a parent as a whole?
Well, that's exactly what we plan on discussing in this post.
To start, what exactly is CO2?
Well, CO2 is one of the primary greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming/climate change.
If you've read some of our older posts, you may know that Guero's Pallets is a major believer in recycling and reducing CO2 emissions.
Using the CO2 emissions calculator on Naturespackaging.org, we found that last month alone, we recycled about 99,000 wood pallets. That translates into us saving around ~2748 tons of CO2.
While that is great for us, personally, that's still barely anything overall. That's exactly why we have holidays like 'Lawn & Garden month'.
You see, there's more to this holiday than just picking up trash or mowing your lawn. A big way to celebrate it is by working with community gardens.
For years now, community gardens have been appearing throughout North America.
But while the most known aspect/ benefit of a garden is its contents like fruits, vegetables, and flowers, they also play a major role in reducing CO2 emissions as well.
By growing vegetables & fruits in your community garden, not only can you gain access to food that normally may be considered too expensive, but you also end up growing plants that take in CO2 and use it to grow.
"But what if your garden doesn't grow food, only regular plants?"
(Lincoln Park community garden in Chicago)
Then, you have nothing to worry about. A single tree can end up storing up to a single ton of CO2.
Another way gardens help is by absorbing rainwater to reduce the amount of runoff carrying pollutants into rivers and lakes.
"But how do pallets help build a community garden?"
Well, pallets can be used to build almost anything from plant beds to stands, from fences and benches to archways and even full-on storage sheds.
"But I don't have a community garden."
Well, if you don't have a community garden and/or don't have the means to build one, then you can always volunteer. Even with the growing number of gardens, there aren't always a lot of people willing to take care of them.
You see, even if it's a small action, time spent trying to help reduce the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere is time well spent. While a lot more people need to start working towards reducing their CO2 footprints, every bit helps.